A Social Security Attorney Review For Social Security Applicants Over 50 Years Old

Our Social Security attorneys in Boise, Idaho are available to assist individuals over the age of 50 in obtaining the disability benefits they deserve.  By the age of 50, most people have been working for more years than they have not.  They have a great deal of experience, but if they can no longer perform their past work, they may find their “experience” a liability. Many employers don’t want to train older employees because they don’t see it as a good investment.

Social Security’s guidelines recognize that it can be more challenging to find a new job after the age of 50.  This is particularly true if you have only held one type of job during your lifetime.

Any individual applying for Social Security under 50 can only be found disabled if they’re unable to do ANY work.  However, at 50 this changes.  You can be found disabled if you’re unable to perform the jobs you‘ve previously held, and your skills cannot be transferred to a new job that you can do even with your limitations. This can be very beneficial for people who’ve only held physically demanding positions in the past.  When you reach 50, the SSA evaluates your past relevant work to see if you can still perform the necessary tasks.  If not, and none of your skills will transfer, you are considered disabled.

Not all of your past work will be considered relevant.  Past relevant work includes only work done full-time in the last 15 years, or done for long enough that you mastered the position.  For example, if you have worked as a nurse part-time or just for a few months, this would not be considered.

If you are over the age of 50 and have questions regarding your eligibility for disability, contact one of our attorneys for assistance.  We are happy to help individuals throughout the Northwest.